Dallas woman killed on way home from church



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Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 23 at 9:13 AM

Fatal Stabbing

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DALLAS - A North Dallas woman was killed after returning home from church.
Shearl Bennett spent every Wednesday night praying at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.
Her friends said she was a faithful woman who spent her life helping others.
“Shearl was a wonderful person and she really did love the Lord and she really loved her church and her church family," said Patricia Bradford, who went to church with Bennett.
Wednesday night after a prayer meeting, Bennett headed to her condominium on Royal Lane, but never made it.
As she walked to her front door, she was attacked.
“I think she was just at the wrong place and the wrong time," a neighbor said.
Bennett was stabbed to death. Sources told News 8 her purse is missing. Robbery appears to the motive.
“If they wanted her purse, they could have taken her purse, but they didn't have to take her life," Bradford said.
Police say they don't believe she knew her attacker and her friends say she had no enemies.

The 50-year-old woman sang in the church choir and served food at church functions with a meek and humble spirit.
"[Bennett was] a person who didn't have an ill feeling about anybody," Bradford said. "A person who loved Jesus. And I just hope [the perpetrator] will see this interview and realize what they did and what they took from us."
Dallas police say the suspect is probably someone who has a history of robbing people in the area. Until the murderer is found, Bennett's friends take comfort that she spent her last night in prayer.

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